Denby High School
Edwin Denby High School
|Location||12800 Kelly Road
|Architect||Smith, Hinchman & Grylls|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
|NRHP Reference #||04001581|
|Added to NRHP||February 02, 2005|
The Edwin C. Denby High School is a public secondary education facility located at 12800 Kelly Road in northeastern Detroit, Michigan. Denby High opened in 1930, and the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
The school was named for Edwin C. Denby, an attorney and former Michigan legislator. Mr. Denby also served as Secretary of the Navy, during the administration of Warren G. Harding. Denby was forced to resign his position, and narrowly avoided criminal indictment, for his role in what came to be known as the Teapot Dome scandal.
In recent years, the school is referred to as Denby Tech. It is one of few Detroit public educational institutions offering advanced placement classes to high school students.
Denby Tech's 2008-09 enrollment was 1170; the school's Principal is Kenyetta Wilbourn.
Rock & Roll and Denby High
During the late 1950s, Detroit radio personality Bud Davies originated a series of Friday night sock hops from Denby. Before long, the wildly successful dance parties spread to several metropolitan Detroit schools. Featuring records but no live bands, the hops became more popular than regular dances.
- Victor Alexander; professional basketball player. In addition to the NBA, Alexander played professionally in Spain, Greece and Israel.
- Bill Bonds, celebrated Detroit TV Anchorman
- Salvatore Sonny Bono, renowned singer, songwriter and television entertainer; former United States Congressman
- 1959 Denby graduate, Ed Budde was a football All-American at Michigan State University. Following his collegiate career, Budde played 14 seasons of professional football; most notably as a member of the 1970 Super Bowl IV champion Kansas City Chiefs. In 2010, Ed Budde was inducted to the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Kim Carson, radio personality
- Wally Cox (class of 1942), was a noted comedian and actor, particularly associated with the early years of television. Wally appeared in the series Mr. Peepers (1952–55), and as a character actor in over 20 films. Wally Cox was perhaps best known as the voice of the popular animated cartoon character Underdog.
- Wayne Dyer, world renowned author, lecturer, psychologist and television personality
- Antonio Granger, professional basketball player
- Julie Harris, movie and television actress
- Curtis Hertel, politician
- Dennis M. Hertel, U.S. Congressional representative from Michigan
- Nancy Milio, author, educator, humanitarian
- Len Okrie, former MLB player (Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox)
- 1993 graduate, Travis Reece played collegiate football for Michigan State University; he advanced to the National Football League as a running back with the Detroit Lions.
- Carmella Sabaugh, politician
- Donnie Simpson, entertainer, nationally syndicated BET commentator
- Denby Olympian, Sheila Young (class of 1968) won a gold, silver, and bronze medal in speed skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Sheila was the first athlete from the United States to win three medals at a single Winter Games. Prior to her Olympic glory, Young was a 1973 World Championships gold medalist in speed skating and sprint-track bicycling; making her the first athlete ever to win world championships -during the same year- in two sports. Sheila Young is also a former world-record holder in speed skating and track bicycling. For her accomplishments in both sports, the United States Olympic Committee named her Sportswoman of the Year in 1976, and in 1981.
- Just like sister Sheila, 1971 Denby graduate, Roger Young was a renowned sprint-track bicyclist; he won seven national championships during the 1970s. Roger represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics; he also earned a team-pursuit gold medal at the 1975 Pan American Games, in Mexico City.
- Jack Van Impe, Religious Broadcaster.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- Travis Reece NFL Football Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com
- Roger Young Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
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